Mending a fragmented function. Colt Technology discuss how they repaired a disjointed procurement unit
Grahame Ball, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer for Colt Technology Services Group, discusses the challenges behind re-building a fractured procurement function to support increasingly dynamic business demands.
The alignment of the procurement function to the wider corporate aims: Vodafone's Stephen Day talks with Proxima
Stephen Day, Group Supply Chain Management Director – IT at Vodafone, and Proxima discuss the importance of procurement to the wider business strategy; and the pros and cons of outsourcing, particularly in the area of procurement outsourcing.
Driving commerciality through customer satisfaction at Daily Mail
Nick Jenkinson [NJ], Head of Procurement at A&N Media (the B2C division of Daily Mail and General Trust) discusses procurement's changing proposition from process hungry ‘road-blockers’ to customer focused ‘Commercial Enablers’.
Driving Fujitsu’s growth agenda: aligning business supply with business development
Andrew Croston (AC), Chief Procurement Officer (UK and Ireland) at Fujitsu discusses how building business-wide communication, collaboration and relationship strategies into the functions overall operations, procurement has been able to act as a true partner to finance, operations and business development teams – embedding itself into the very core of the business.
Clive Rees (CR), CPO of Ladbrokes (a leader in the global betting and gaming market) discusses the changing role of procurement in supporting mergers and acquisition (M&A), enhanced SRM and a much greater focus on understanding the overall business.
ING Direct: Refocusing on the core - a CFO perspective
Feike Brouwers (FB), former Chief Financial Officer for ING Direct discusses his role in bringing the distressed UK business back afloat during the financial crisis, Barclay's acquisition of ING Direct and how cost management is a top priority for all involved in financial services.
Translating the benefits of procurement for internal stakeholders at BP (part 2)
The first part of our interview with Andrew Collopy [AC], Global Procurement Director, Downstream at BP concluded with a discussion around communicating the benefits of procurement internally and reducing stakeholder scepticism. Part two continues the internal validation conversation plus looks at how procurement can breakaway from it's typecast as a tactical buyer.
In the first part of our interview Tom Kinnaird [TK], Head of Commercial and Procurement Service at WPP concluded with a lengthy discussion around talent management. We now delve deeper into the procurement life cycle, stakeholder engagement and being seen as a value adding operation.
Tom Kinnaird [TK], Head of Commercial and Procurement Service at WPP discusses how applying a pragmatic approach to procurement can achieve high levels of compliance and improve stakeholder engagement.
Balancing cost reduction with future demand at Siemens
Dietmar Harteveld [DH], Director of Indirect Material for North West Europe at Siemens discusses how functional calibration and deep stakeholder engagement can help drive savings today and help understand where tomorrow’s value is really coming from.
Overcoming forecast uncertainty and volatility at Innocent Drinks
James Davenport [JD], Finance Director at Innocent Drinks discusses the challenges today's FD's face in light of increasingly volatile markets and procurement's role in alleviating some of that volatility.
Achieving higher ROI with fewer people at AXA insurance
Stephen Wills [SW], Director of Group Procurement at AXA Insurance discusses how strategic business partnering allowed AXA to achieve more savings as a ROI year-on-year, while reducing absolute head count.
Contracts, courage and change: Procurement as a leader
Tim Cummins (TC), President, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) in a recent interview, discusses procurement’s role in proactively leading the charge towards the boardroom… and not waiting for a golden invitation.
A finance perspective of procurement within pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca
An interview conducted with David Powell (DP), Senior Director of Global Finance Processes, AstraZeneca discusses how Procurement has gone from being the poor cousin, to a partner at the heart of business decision making within AstraZeneca.